Ahead of the All Progressives Congress Party primary election, the screening committee has disqualified ten presidential aspirants.
This was revealed by the Chairman of the APC presidential screening committee, John Odigie-Oyegun, while submitting his committee’s report to the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, on Friday.
Earlier the party had screened 23 aspirants Odigie-Oyegun spoke. He said, “We engaged every aspirant on the issue of consensus. It is a pleasant surprise that 99 per cent agreed that the party is supreme. And that whatever the party decides – with proper consultation – they will likely accept.
“Only one exception, who said I will accept consensus only if it is for me. I think it is a point that needs to be made and emphasised.
“So that gives you a lot of leeway in the hours ahead to trim down even more drastically.
“But finally, we think we should not be afraid of a contested primary if anybody insists on a contest.”
The presidential aspirants include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, former ministers Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Godswill Akpabio, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Serving governors aspiring are Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).
Others are former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole, and serving senators Ibikunle Amosun, Ajayi Boroffice, Rochas Okorocha, and Pastor Tunde Bakare, Uju Ken-Ohanenye, Nicholas Felix, Ahmad Rufai Sani, Tein Jack-Rich, Ikeobasi Mokelu.
Oregon noted that the committee cleared only 13 out of the 23 aspirants screened
The party will be holding its presidential primary in Abuja between June 6 and June 8.